The festival has been on my mind for the last couple of weeks, as I remember it being around this time last year when I found out that the legendary baking duo of Hollywood and Berry were coming to Bolton. I was in the work canteen. I scared the life out of Sheila with my shrieks of excitement! Imagine my giddiness at lunch time today when I learned that they are to return for a second year... They were such a hit last time that the wonderful festival organisers snapped them up for a return visit.
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Paul added: “I was very impressed with Bolton and in particular their award-winning market. There was an abundance of fresh, local produce on offer and I am thrilled to be making a return visit. I look forward to seeing people at our demos.”
The festival will run for four days over the August Bank Holiday weekend, starting on Friday 23rd August and ending on the Bank Holiday Monday. Last year the festival attracted a whopping 102,000 visitors over the course of the event.
Mary and Paul will be joined by James Martin, Michael Caines and Aldo Zilli. Aldo said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to the Bolton Food and Drink Festival and cooking up some delicious Italian food. I’m passionate about fresh and local produce, so I can’t wait to see what Bolton has to offer.”
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “There is no doubt that the Bolton Food and Drink Festival is firmly on the map as one of the best events of this type, and it just gets better and better each year.
“Last year’s festival beat all previous records in terms of visitor numbers and we are determined to make this year’s event one to remember. The fabulous Michael Caines will launch the festival once again and we have firm favourite James Martin entertaining the crowds on Monday.
“We were impressed with the impact Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry made on the audiences, so we were delighted they agreed to return again this year. And with the Italian flair of Aldo Zilli, the festival is bound to appeal to all tastes.”
More information will be available soon, and tickets will go on sale from May. Keep your eyes peeled on the website for updates www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com.